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From the Spring 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Growing in Prayer
Part 2: Learning to Pray to Your Father

by Bill Kynes, Ph.D.
C.S. Lewis Institute Senior Fellow, Senior Pastor,
Cornerstone Evangelicial Free Church

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  Do you want to be a trifler?
  So don’t live like a spiritual orphan. Come to your heavenly Father in prayer. We have a great treasure right at our fingertips, but too often it goes untouched. So I say, “Lord, teach us to pray.”


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1 Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.
2 John Stott, Christian Counter-Culture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978), 151.
3 Ibid., 144.
4 W. Bing Hunter, The God Who Hears (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1986), 42.
5 John Calvin,
Calvin’s Commentaries: A Harmony of the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, trans. A.W. Morrison, ed. David W. and Thomas F. Torrance (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), 1:204.
6 Kent Hughes, Liberating Ministry From The Success Syndrome (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 1988), 73
7 Hunter, The God Who Hears, 12.
8 John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley (New York: J. & J. Harper, 1827), 10:247.

Bill Kynes is the senior pastor of Cornerstone, an Evangelical Free Church, in Annandale, VA, where he has served since 1986. He was an undergraduate at the University of Florida with a major in philosophy. There he also played quarterback on the football team and was later inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving an M.A. in theology. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, IL, before returning to England for a Ph.D. in New Testament from Cambridge University. From 1997-1999, he served as an adjunct professor in New Testament for the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Washington, D.C., Extension Program.


Recommended Reading:
Tim Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (Penguin Books, 2016)

Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act. With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.

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